I am currently rereading Tom Fletcher’s The Leaping, largely as counterpoint to the previous two novels I’ve read (The Road and The Hunger Games), but mostly because at a recent party, somebody referred to it as “werewolf porn” and I love the implied subgenre there.
My current opinion is that it stands better for the rereading, especially knowing certain aspects of specific locations and foreshadowings, and the characters still stand true (in my opinion, better realised as a whole than Fletcher’s follow-up, The Thing on the Shore). I love the multiple aspects of the characters, and their clashing idiosyncrasies: I especially enjoy Graham’s quasi-scientific party-planning. Indeed, it makes me want to host a houseparty.
Another character, Erin, writes stories that she doesn’t ever hope to publish, but instead she forms them and memorises them in order to recount them to her friends. I think that this is a beautiful idea, and the rereading has inspired me to do something similar, though exactly where I’ll fit that into my writing schedule of the Irgard novel, my steampunk Macbeth and the forthcoming NaNoWriMo project I do not know.
Last night, I lie awake (it’s a fairly common pre-school affliction) and was thinking about oral tradition.
Being (largely) a medievalist, I obviously feel a certain affinity for the tradition – after all, my dissertation was written largely as an attack on the critics of Sir Orfeo who weren’t accepting that the poem is a product of the oral tradition.
It would be interesting for aspects of it to come back, though exactly how that will work I’m unsure. I can only think of a few things where this kind of passing-on of tales still exists: sometimes in ghost stories, but most often in jokes.
That said, my colleague apparently recently recounted the story another of my colleague’s had explained about their holidays to great effect, so maybe there are more examples than surface to mind immediately. Still, even that I repeated somebody else’s description of the book is suggestive of the tradition too.